Monday, November 26, 2007

It’s an Honor Just to be Nominated (again)

Update 12-9-07: I'd like to thank the Academy . . .

The 2007 Edublogs Award nominations were announced over the weekend. They have expanded to 14 categories this year – I encourage you to check them out – there are again quite a few blogs that I haven’t looked at before. Vote early, vote often.

Yes, this blog was nominated again this year, this time for Most Influential Blog Post (for Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher? – I did not see that one coming). Much like last year’s nomination, I feel honored to be in such good company. Also much like last year’s nomination, I think I might rank my post as #5 out of 5 in the category (but at least it’s in the top five!).

Don’t get me wrong, I think we’re doing good stuff around here and the conversations around that post were helpful as we explore how best to meet the needs of our students. But the other four posts in this category are stellar – I encourage you to read them:

Now, I will admit that it’s nice to see that three of those posts have a Colorado connection (mine, Scott’s and Ben’s) – apparently we have an outsized influence on the world (well, at least the edublog world). That fits in nicely with this year’s New Year’s resolution.

Thanks to all of you who nominated the post, whoever you are. Don’t forget to vote (and more importantly, check out all the thought-provoking blogs)!


  1. I am including a few "Did You Know" quotes to my presentation coming up at the Virginia Department of Education's Technology Leadership Conference in December. Basically we will talk about how most educational technology
    master’s programs are based on
    the current NETS*T standards. Since these standards are being refreshed to align more closely with 21st century skills, it is important to refresh the corresponding educational technology curriculum as well. We will describe our efforts at James Madison University (JMU) to create a 15-credit P21 aligned cognate and our efforts to join development with VETA teacher preparation programs. I think it is important to make your aware of our reference to your work and hopefully have an opportunity to talk together at some point about how things are going. Thanks and hope to cross paths soon. ~Lee Baber

  2. Karl,

    Thanks for all the great work. I appreciate all that you do with your blog. I hope you win!


  3. @Lee - Thanks. Good luck with that presentation. I think it's great that the Virginia Dept of Ed has a Technology Leadership Conference. I may see if I can find somebody in Colorado to point that out to . . .

    @James - Thanks. While the title was somewhat facetious, it really is an honor just to be nominated. I think it was Darren Kuropatwa who said last year that the nomination meant more to him than possibly winning, because the nomination meant that more than one person thought the blog (or in this case, post) worthy and took the time to nominate it. Once it's nominated, then who knows who is voting. I really don't think it's the most deserving of the five, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.